Officials Fear Double Disaster — Coronavirus
Florida's U.S. senators have called on the federal government to issue guidelines
on how states should handle evacuations and storm shelters in the event of a
hurricane, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
With less than two months to go until the tropics reach the conditions that forecasters
expect will generate an
government officials and local
politicians are rushing to prepare for what Broward County Mayor Dale Holness described
as a "double disaster" of a hurricane strike amid a COVID-19 outbreak.
Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both Republicans, wrote a
to FEMA Director Peter Gaynor asking him to issue guidance to state and local governments
about how they should prepare for a hurricane while social distancing measures are
"We ask that you take into account how to properly evacuate and shelter those who either
have, or are suspected to have, the coronavirus in the event of a storm" the senators
wrote. "Consistent and sound guidance will be crucial to saving lives during a natural
Meanwhile, storms and tornadoes cut across six states over the weekend, leaving
widespread damage in their wake. More than 30 people died — including at least 11 in
Mississippi, nine in South Carolina, and eight in Georgia — making it one of the most
significant natural disasters in the country since government officials began ordering people
to stay home and away from one another in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.